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Wolseley closes nine branches in drainage split

Wolseley UK is creating two business areas for the civils and utilities markets, under the Burdens and Drain Center brands.

Wolseley closes nine branches in drainage split

One business will focus on above ground drainage, the other on below-ground. The change is the result of a strategic review of the Drain Center and Burdens brands following the Wolseley UK purchase of Burdens branches.

The new Burdens brand will focus on civils and utilities; 21 Drain Center branches (including five MCA branches), will be rebranded, making 37 Burdens branches.

The Drain Center brand will focus on the core specialism of above-ground drainage for the RMI, residential and commercial marketplace, and will comprise 55 Drain Center branches. It will be managed as part of Wolseley UK’s wider Plumb/Parts/William Wilson & BCG business group.

The business restructure has resulted in the proposed closure of nine Drain Center branches with the potential loss of 24 roles.

However, 11 new Drain and Burdens implants at existing Burdens and Drain Center branches will be created, to ensure continuity of service for customers who have an above-ground and civils and utilities drainage requirement.

The new Burdens will continue to report to Paul Turner, Wolseley UK’s commercial and strategy director. Alan Long will continue as trading director for Burdens, and Drain Center will continue to be run by David Young as trading director.

Steve Ashmore, managing director of Wolseley UK, said: “Wolseley UK greatly values both the Drain Center and Burdens brands. The purchase of the Burdens branches was about providing opportunities for us to grow our presence in civils and utilities and gain an even larger share of these markets.

“We believe that focusing on one group of customers with one proposition under one single brand will give both Burdens and Drain Center a real competitive advantage. It is the vital next step to achieving our objective of being a market leader in above-ground drainage, civils and utilities markets.”

The changes will take effect from 1 August, 2013.

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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